#BettChat archive 13th November 2012

(All these tweets took place between 4pm and 5pm on Tuesday 13th November 2012)

Bett‏  @Bett_show

Welcome to today’s #BettChat. Today’s topic: the impact that technology can have on learning outside the classroom. Any thoughts?

Smoothwall  @Smoothwall

The use of technology both outside and inside the classroom has made the process of teaching and learning more enjoyable. #Bettchat

Planet Sherston‏  @PlanetSherston

The use of technology outside of the classroom helps pupils to explore real-world applications of their learning. #BettChat

Yellow Door‏  @yellowdoorLIVE

I’ve found that using simple tech outdoors is often where people start in Early Years #Bettchat

Smoothwall‏  @Smoothwall

Students can use software and devices for projects. This makes them more interested in the subject & leads to better retention. #Bettchat

Animate It!‏  @AnimateEducate

We’ve seen some great examples of schools using their surroundings to teach, like phonics on a beach, using lit software on iPod #BettChat

Andrew Davidson‏  @Andreweducate

Technology can create a holistic eco-system in which students continue to learn & apply learning even outside the classroom. #BettChat

Animate It!‏  @AnimateEducate

Or even using simple recordings of outdoor sounds to then use in projects back in the classroom but adding a real purpose to work #bettchat

Sally McKeown  ‏@salmckeown

#bettchat Why are schools resistant to taking technology outside the classroom? Is it insurance

Animate It!  ‏@AnimateEducate

@Smoothwall It’s also about pupils being empowered to choose the right tech for the project/surroundings they are working in #BettChat

Animate It!‏  @AnimateEducate

@salmckeown Could be Sal, or a lack of ideas/resources available to help facilitate it? #BettChat

Smoothwall‏  @Smoothwall

@AnimateEducate I agree, flexibility and adaptability are important #Bettchat

Yellow Door  ‏@yellowdoorLIVE

Working with technology outside enables children to work independently – very empowering especially for younger children #BettChat

Smoothwall‏  @Smoothwall

@salmckeown Perhaps it is fear of devices getting into the wrong hands and the potential security issues? #Bettchat

Animate It!  ‏@AnimateEducate

The key is the appropriate use of tech. Don’t let tech spoil an amazing experience such as a walk in a wood let it facilitate it! #BettChat

Sally McKeown‏  @salmckeown

#bettchat if we want to encourage people to take technology outside, we need more examples to encourage them to do it.

Animate It!‏  @AnimateEducate

@yellowdoorLIVE Its so simple, and yet will be an activity children long remember #BettChat

Andrew Davidson‏  @Andreweducate

RT @salmckeown: #bettchat if we want to encourage people to take technology outside, we need more examples to encourage them to do it.

Andrew Davidson‏  @Andreweducate

@yellowdoorlive Agreed, it empowers children to apply what they’ve learnt in the classroom in a real, perhaps more memorable way. #BettChat

Claire Ashton‏  @ClaireAshton

#BETTChat Do any schools use Geocaching? A modern day treasure hunt!!

Andrew Davidson  ‏@Andreweducate

Applying Math, Science and French skills during PE – combining activity with learning http://ow.ly/ffzlH #casestudy #BettChat @Technogym

Life‏  @lifeisabout

Using mobile technology on trips is a great way of recording learning – once the issues have been ironed out #bettchat

Andrew Davidson‏  @Andreweducate

RT @daydreamedu: Learning with the use of technology in &outside the classroom is significantly richer & keeps students engaged. #BettChat

Animate It!‏  @AnimateEducate

@yellowdoorLIVE I have lots of respect for Heads who have embraced this as a way of teaching and allow staff to teach this way #BettChat

Andrew Davidson  ‏@Andreweducate

RT @planetsherston: Use of technology outside of the classroom helps pupils to explore real-world applications of their learning. #BettChat

Life‏  @lifeisabout

Using mobile technology on trips is a great way of recording learning as it happens – & being able to reflect on experiences after #bettchat

Animate It!  ‏@AnimateEducate

@ClaireAshton I know of schools who have, and have even set their own geocaches up for others to find @lordlangley73 #BettChat

Planet Sherston  ‏@PlanetSherston

@salmckeown Simulations provide a diverse range of “virtual” equipment where tools are is costly – inside and outside of class. #BettChat

Smoothwall  ‏@Smoothwall

@lifeisabout I agree, the ability for learners to take photographs or record sounds on trips is invaluable. http://bit.ly/TCV4KD #Bettchat

Planet Sherston‏  @PlanetSherston

@salmckeown Simulations provide a diverse range of “virtual” equipment where tools can be costly – inside and outside of class. #BettChat

Andrew Davidson‏  @Andreweducate

Instant data collection can help demonstrate applied concepts to students. An example in physical education: http://ow.ly/ffAzw #BettChat

Animate It!‏  @AnimateEducate

@PlanetSherston @salmckeown But there is nothing better than seeing children getting their hands dirty and experiencing life! #BettChat

Smoothwall‏  @Smoothwall

Technology can also help teachers to stay in touch with colleagues and share ideas. http://bit.ly/TCVyAj #Bettchat

Alberto Garrido Díez‏  @agarridodiez

@Bett_show Last year I created a #Facebook fan page as a powerful & effective teaching & learning tool … http://www.facebook.com/MisterGarrido #BettChat

Smoothwall‏  @Smoothwall

How important is professional development for teachers to bring them up speed before new technologies enter the learning space? #Bettchat

Bett‏  @Bett_show

We’ve got a great #BettChat taking place at the moment on technology in learning outside the classroom. What are your thoughts? #Bett_Show

Animate It!‏  @AnimateEducate

@Smoothwall Very! Teachers need to have the confidence to use them before being expected to deliver lessons using them! #BettChat

Sally McKeown‏  @salmckeown

#bettChat best practitioners are often those who just give it a go. You will wait forever for CPD these days.

Smoothwall‏  @Smoothwall

@AnimateEducate @Smoothwall Some schools in the US have tech-savvy instructors to lead peer workshops http://bit.ly/TCVyAj #BettChat

Smoothwall‏  @Smoothwall

Back to their Future – ICT to Inspire @Bett_show – a huge range of ways to engage and motivate students. #Bettchat http://bit.ly/Tzx8dv

Sally McKeown‏  @salmckeown

#bettChat Maybe more online tutorials /resources needed

Animate It!‏  @AnimateEducate

@salmckeown The more support created for educators the better! #BettChat

Claire Ashton‏  @ClaireAshton

@salmckeown Indeed! It doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive #BETTChat

Smoothwall‏  @Smoothwall

@salmckeown There are some good blogs from teachers on word press about this topic. http://bit.ly/SZdCZf #Bettchat

Life‏  @lifeisabout

@Smoothwall Very dependent on individuals. Some definitely need some CPD, but maybe more of the ‘buddy ‘ style – learning together #BettChat

Life‏  @lifeisabout

@Smoothwall As important is for whoever is introducing the ideas to have tried these themselves and for colleagues to trust them #BettChat

Bett‏  @Bett_show

Talking of #CPD, remember to check out the free Learn Live programmes at Bett! #BettChat http://ow.ly/ffSpV

Animate It!‏  @AnimateEducate

It’s great to see so many positive comments about this topic, and constructive ideas about how it can go forward better #BettChat

Sally McKeown‏  @salmckeown

#bettChat Any ideas on favourite outdoor technology?

Life‏  @lifeisabout

@salmckeown Very unexciting choice, but always really useful with my classes across a wide range of activities – a digital camera! #BettChat

Bett  ‏@Bett_show

Another great #Bettchat – excellent ideas and engaging conversation, thank you to everyone who got involved. We hope to see you next week!

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